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Abolition Democracy 13/13: An Abolitionist Future
Katherine Franke, Nkechi Taifa*, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Bernard E. Harcourt
read and discuss “What is Owed” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar, and Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition by Katherine Franke.

Apr 22, 2021 06:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Katherine Franke
Katherine Franke is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation’s leading scholars writing on law, race, religion, and rights. Franke is also the founder and faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project. Her most recent book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition (Haymarket, 2019) makes the case for racial reparations today by telling the story of experiments in South Carolina and Mississippi in the 1860s where freed people were given land explicitly as reparation for enslavement and then had it taken away by the government.
Nkechi Taifa
Nkechi Taifa is Founder, Principal and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC, a social enterprise firm whose mission is to advance justice. The Taifa Group’s portfolio of client services include coalition-building, convenings, government relations, meeting and retreat facilitation, strategic planning, and trainings. She also convenes the Justice Roundtable, a broad network of advocacy groups advancing progressive justice system reform, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. Nkechi was recently appointed to the governing board of the Corrections Information Council, an independent monitoring body that provides oversight over the conditions of District residents imprisoned throughout the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the D.C. Department of Corrections.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her fields of study span from the 19th- and 20th-century literature; politics of culture; feminism; Marx and Derrida; to globalization. Her most recent publications include the 2016 fortieth-anniversary edition of Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology, Readings (2014), and An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (2012). Spivak has been an activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986.